Summary: The laptop is amazing. Boot up times were fast, no slowdown with internet and word processing activities. I personally enjoyed the keyboard. It was weird to not have a caps look and the whole backspace/delete button. I got used to it. The adaptive row of keys was also getting used to. It did add extra steps. The inclusion of lock key was helpful. I got used to it. Sound amazing, light weight, and great screen. Battery life is 6 to 8hrs with brightness low.
Summary: This machine is attractive, light and runs Ubuntu like a champ, but falls so very short of what I've come to expect from a Thinkpad. For reference, my previously former and now again current (since my return of the X1 after only 5 days of heart-wrenching ownership) machine is the X220, which is like a rugged computing toy with a perfectly pleasant interface. The X1 suffers from: 1.
The touchpad is a steaming turd pile...I can't use this thing anymore!!
14 September 2014
Summary: If you read through the other reviews, everyone does a nice job of talking about all the good things about the X1. And I agree with all those things. All the checklist stuff. But you don't know if you will like a machine until you have used it. I waited forever for the Haswell products to ship and when the X1 became available, I jumped on it. I did a lot of research prior and asked several people their opinions on Thinkpads. It turns out they were all wrong.
Summary: Recently, I got a chance to spend a day with this 2014 X1 Carbon and the following are my impressions as a long-time ThinkPad enthusiast (since my first "Butterfly" C701 in 1995) -- PROS (vis-a-vis 2013 Model) runs a bit cooler battery lasts much longer onelink port is better than usb 3 for docking two usb 3 ports (only one on the 2013) CONS carbon fiber casing not soft like before very noisy touchpad trackpoint sucks without physical buttons for us old-timers keyboard...
Summary: The notebook arrived completely new and.....dead. Had to wait for replacement of motherboard straight from the start. I have had Thinkpads for last 20 years, but never faced such a disappointment.
Disappointed. X1 Crashed. 3 Weeks+ Without Resolution
9 June 2014
Summary: Within 3 days out of the box my new X1 crashed. I submitted it, as directed by Lenovo support, to Lenovo's authorized service center for resolution. They informed me that a memory fault was the cause. Over the past 3 weeks, I was informed that the necessary part was on back order and most recently, the service center is now awaiting approval for a replacement.
Summary: I've been using an X1 Carbon for my work as a firmware engineer for the last 6 months. It's been my main computer during that time. In the past, I've used many Thinkpads including T30, T60, T410 and T520. I've also used several recent Mac laptops. The good: - Trackpoint is hands-down the best pointing device for a laptop, especially when combined with the Thinkpad's scroll utility. No swiping needed, no multi-touch/multi-click needed. Fingers stay in the home row.
less than a year old - overheated and motherboard fried
Heidi Bretz, Amazon
28 March 2014
Summary: To start, I am in the high-tech industry and have owned and used probably 25 versions of laptops since they were introduced by many different manufacturers (many year employee of MSFT, AMZN and more.) I like my X1 Carbon but noticed that it runs hotter than any laptop I have ever owned. If I am working with it on my lap it is almost unbearable. It stopped working completely one day after I had owned it for about 10 months and I took it to the local warranty repair rep.
Summary: ....for the miserable battery life. I barely get three hours if I am lucky, with normal computing. I thought the whole point of ultrabooks is to get an all day charge? So now everywhere I go I carry my sleek black X1--and the great big charging adaptor. What a disappointment.